“Two United States Marshals raided a booth at the Consumer Electronics Show on Thursday afternoon, walking away with several one-wheeled electric scooters,” Cyrus Farivar reports for Ars Technica. “The company that makes the scooters, Changzhou First International Trade Co., was sued by American company Future Motion, on two claims of alleged patent infringement.”

“Changzhou hasn’t made any formal legal response or yet had a chance to defend itself against the claims. Future Motion’s lawyers filed their motion in federal court in Las Vegas on Tuesday and then had a hearing by telephone on Wednesday,” Farivar reports. “After the hearing, which lasted just seven minutes, US District Judge Miranda Du issued an order that Changzhou’s products be seized and that it stop sales.”

“Acting on the emergency court order, the marshals quietly disassembled the Changzhou booth and seized ‘five to six’ scooters along with some marketing materials, according to Future Motion’s attorney, Shawn Kolitch, who was present for the raid,” Farivar reports. “‘This was unusually fast — I’ve never heard of a situation where anybody was able to get a [temporary restraining order] and a seizure the same day,’ he told Ars. ‘I think the reason that it was exceptionally fast was that we emphasized in the motion that the harm that we were most concerned about was the attention that this product would get at CES.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: Scooters, we can protect in 7 minutes.

iPhones and iPads? Not even in 7 years.

Guess it depends on how much money’s at stake or something.

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